Review: Scholastic Storybook Treasures| Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears…and more African Folk Tales

February is Black History month and I’ve been doing a bit here and there teaching my children about this particular culture.  Lately, I’ve been incorporating the DVD’s offered by Scholastic Storybook Treasures to our weekly homeschooling curriculum. These DVD’s are great and I love that each DVD offers a read a long on screen for children to follow and classic storybook favorites vividly brought to life with narration of top actors and actresses.

The latest offering from Scholastic Storybook Treasures that we’ve been enjoying this month is called “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears…and more African Folk Tales”. This collection has five great stories which totally embrace African culture in fun way, and two which have never been before released:  “Not So Fast Songololo” and “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”. My children enjoyed all the stories in this collection but their favorite was “Who’s in Rabbit’s House” (Written by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, narrated by James Earl Jones). My daughter paid attention to this tale 100% of the time and wouldn’t stop talking about it long after we had finished watching it.

If you know nothing of “Who’s in Rabbit’s House” you should know that it’s adapted from a Masai folktale, about a rabbit that can’t get into her house because a creature is hiding inside. The animated illustrations are of people wearing different animals masks and acting out the tale. My daughter also has been asking to watch it again and again!

Other stories that you’ll be able to enjoy feature African Jungle animals, a very hot hippo, a sweet story of a boy from south Africa spending a day with his Grandmother, a tale of how a West African village came to be, and so much more! This award winning DVD (CHILD Magzine’s Top 10 “Don’t Miss” DVDs (2004)) supports Cooperation; Friendship, and Problem Solving!

Disclosure: This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.